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Boyer and Ver Miller: Human Wholeness

Boyer and Ver Miller: Human Wholeness

Mark G. Boyer and Matthew S. Ver Miller, Human Wholeness: A Spirituality of Relationship (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), 72 pages. Mark G. Boyer (Roman Catholic priest and college professor at Missouri State University) and Matthew S. Ver Miller (psychologist and life-coach) write from their experience in relationship, which began as mentor and mentee, […]

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Beyond Understanding

Beyond Understanding

Pastor Mur reminds us a little about what Heaven is like. Every once in a while I am asked to perform a funeral service. A funeral sermon typically includes three segments: a time to reminisce, a time to release and a time for resolution. My custom is to talk about heaven as I transition from […]

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Kyle Strobel: Formed for the Glory of God

Kyle Strobel: Formed for the Glory of God

Kyle Strobel, Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (Downers Grove, ILL: IVP, 2013), 191 pages, ISBN 9780830856534. In Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards, Kyle Strobel aims to set forth an evangelical understanding of spiritual formation as inspired by […]

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Invitation to read The Spiritual Decline and Fall of the Republican Party

Invitation to read The Spiritual Decline and Fall of the Republican Party

My recent article, “The Spiritual Decline and Fall of the Republican Party: Is it time to form a Christian Center party?” (April 6, 2016) will not appear at PneumaReview.com for the very good reason that it is predominantly political. But the editor of The Pneuma Review has been gracious in inviting me to post this […]

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Jonathan Seiver: The Palace, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

Jonathan Seiver: The Palace, reviewed by Jon Ruthven

Jonathan Seiver, The Palace: A Prophetic Journey through the Cultures of This Age and the Kingdom of the Age to Come (Charleston, SC: SP, 2015), 146 pages, ISBN 9781517048259 . The Palace narrates “a series of first-hand prophetic visions” involving the redemption of a street orphan whose curiosity about a fabled palace and its King […]

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Do All Abraham’s Children Worship Abraham’s God?

Do All Abraham’s Children Worship Abraham’s God?

Pastor-scholar Tony Richie says there is no Jewish-Christian-Muslim God. Nor is there a simple answer to the “Same God” question. When people realize I participate in interreligious dialogue and cooperative efforts they often ask me some version of the question in the main title of this post.[1] If I manage to mention that I have […]

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Creation Care as Discipleship

Creation Care as Discipleship

What has God called you to do? In this chapter from Your Call to Work & Mission: Following Jesus 24/7, Lois Olena shows why and how followers of Jesus should participate in caring for the creation God has made. It’s Sunday morning, and your adult class welcomes the day’s speaker. She steps up to the […]

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Rend the heavens and come down

Rend the heavens and come down

A Resurrection Day meditation from PneumaReview.com editor Raul Mock. Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That you would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence— As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil— To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations my tremble at Your presence! […]

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Jack Hayford: Penetrating the Darkness

Jack Hayford: Penetrating the Darkness

Jack W. Hayford with Rebecca Hayford Bauer, Penetrating the Darkness: Discovering the Power of the Cross Against Unseen Evil (Bloomington, MN: Chosen Books, 2011), 192 pages. Based upon the title of this book one may think that it principally discusses the demonic. While spiritual warfare is covered within its pages, this book is primarily about […]

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Mark Tanner: The Introvert Charismatic

Mark Tanner: The Introvert Charismatic

Mark Tanner, The Introvert Charismatic: The Gift of Introversion in a Noisy Church (Oxford, England, Monarch Books, 2015), 224 pages, ISBN 9780857215888. A number of years ago I read Adam McHugh’s book Introverts in the Church and thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it to be very insightful and helpful. It helped me to better understand myself, […]

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Todd Rutkowski: Coming to Life

Todd Rutkowski: Coming to Life

Todd Michael Rutkowski, Coming to Life: The Journey to Identity, Passion and Purpose (Sisters, OR: VMI Publishers, 2004), 172 pages. Rutkowski subtitled his book “The Journey to Identity, Passion and Purpose.” It has eight chapters that are largely filled with pleasant anecdotal materials. We learn that Todd, a Canadian, was quite a hockey player in […]

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Should I Join a Home Church?

Should I Join a Home Church?

Guest writer Tracy Close answers the question, “What’s So Important About Having a Home Church?” She shares the importance and benefits of belonging to a local body of believers and what should keep us together. Many Christians have become disillusioned with the idea of organized religion. Through dissatisfaction, for one reason or another, their unrest […]

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In Your Face

In Your Face

Reflecting on Pentecostal roots and obnoxious witnessing. When Grant Wacker’s Heaven Below was first published, I read it and had hoped to write a review of the book. Although this really is not a review of Wacker’s book, reading it did bring some things to my mind. Wacker had unquestionably researched our roots more deeply […]

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The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

A devotional about what is most important.   “I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life! To put to rest all that was not life, And not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — […]

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